Information on the coronavirus (COVID-19)
Update #46, 10 July 2020
This update focuses on the measures we’re taking to ensure that students and staff can work and study safely in our buildings during the new academic year, with an appeal to everyone to take their own responsibility for following the safety guidelines. The step-by-step relaxation has also led to the awarding of diplomas being resumed. Furthermore, we report that YUFE is already opening its virtual doors this summer and we refer to the 10th (and final) post from Martin Paul’s corona blog. Finally, in this update you will also find two interviews with researchers in the ‘We’re open!’ series.
Safety starts with you!
Maastricht University is doing everything it can to create a study and work environment that is as safe as possible. Under the motto ‘Education on campus if possible, online if necessary’, we’re expecting to have students in our buildings again in the new academic year, though not yet in the same numbers as before. And although working will still be done from home for many employees from the start of the new academic year, more employees will be coming to their physical workplace at UM. This will be done in consultation with their supervisor (for part of their working hours) if it is necessary or desirable to carry out work activities on-site and if it is safe to do so.
In the meantime, UM is making every effort to ensure that everyone within our buildings can work and study at a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from each other. Partly thanks to various extra hygiene measures and the implementation of protocols, the buildings are so-called 'COVID-19-proof'. Students or employees who are potentially contagious, are of course accountable for taking their responsibility to temporarily avoid the university buildings.
It is very important that everyone complies with the government's (RIVM) safety measures, in particular the 1.5-metre rule—because of their own health, but above all to protect the health of others. UM is counting on everyone in our community of students and employees to take their own responsibility to strictly comply with the measures, and in the unlikely event that this does not happen, to hold each other accountable for this compliance.
In addition, the university has been assisted by scientists from our own organisation who have expertise in the area of safety and behaviour. As a result, it is important that UM organises a form of monitoring for the compliance with safety agreements. Students will therefore be provided with stewards. These will be fellow students who are recruited by UM (via InterUM) and trained to (help) ensure maximum safety in and around the university buildings. These student stewards will be given a clearly recognisable vest to wear while they are carrying out their duties. They will also monitor compliance with the smoking ban that will be in effect as of 1 August in and around the UM buildings.
As far as employees are concerned, the first priority is to hold each other accountable for compliance with the corona safety guidelines. Faculties and service centres will also make agreements on how best to encourage employees to help monitor compliance with the safety measures in their own buildings. Employees who are present may therefore be asked to pay extra attention to compliance and speak to their colleagues if they are not complying with the protocols, for example. This will be worked out in greater detail by the faculties or service centres that are located in each building.
As mentioned above, having a safe place to study and work is of the utmost importance for the health of all of us. The university is doing everything in its power to guarantee safety, from raising awareness to providing optimal ventilation in the rooms, and from posting signage to modifying buildings. However, the greatest contributions to the safety of our entire university community are made by students and staff. The appeal therefore also applies as of 31 August: Please take care of yourself, but especially of each other!
Awarding of diplomas able to resume
Since 1 July, students who graduate from UM have been able to physically pick up their diploma from their faculty if they wish to do so. In mid-March, all graduation ceremonies were suspended and a month later, the delivery of diplomas by the printer was also temporarily suspended. Alumni who needed proof of graduation could download this from the DUO diploma register. Now, the printing has resumed and faculties are again able send the diplomas by registered post to alumni who request this. In addition, faculties can also physically hand over diplomas to graduates (or persons authorised to accept them) if the graduates have indicated this preference when graduating. Faculties are also considering what form graduation ceremonies should have after 1 September.
Jump-start for the Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE)
Remember YUFE, the alliance of Young Universities for the Future of Europe? One of the first European universities, led by Maastricht University? Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, YUFE is off to a flying start with a range of online academic programmes starting from the 2020/21 academic year, allowing you to still study abroad!
This summer, YUFE will open its virtual doors for registration for the YUFE Introduction Offer. As the name reveals, the YUFE Introduction Offer is a teaser of what YUFE can offer to students. Through the YUFE Introduction Offer, a limited number of students (who are already enrolled at a YUFE university as at least a second-year bachelor’s student) can take a maximum of two online YUFE Academic Courses and one online YUFE Activity. This sneak peek into the YUFE Student Journey can be a stand-alone activity or it can serve as a stepping stone to the complete YUFE Diploma Supplement Track, which will be launched later in the upcoming academic year.
More information will soon be available on the YUFE pages of the UM website.
Martin's blog post #10 (finale)
Today, the latest and final post has been published in the corona blog of UM President Martin Paul: ‘Looking for a safe place to travel during the pandemic’. In relation to the summer holidays, he discusses the role that big data can play in predicting which holiday destinations will see the coronavirus flare up again. After summer recess he will of course continue blogging, but on a wider variaty of topics.
Also this week, two new stories appeared in the ‘We’re open!’ story series. Klasien Horstman, professor of Philosophy of Public Health, along with visual artist Marlies Vermeulen, received a scholarship (the Mingler Scholarship) with which they will study and make tangible the reality of infectious diseases in border regions. In addition, Studio Europa Maastricht spoke with Clemens Kool, professor of Monetary and Financial Economics, about an economic and monetary union that threatens to drift further and further apart.
3 July 2020
- Investment programme
- Survey among students: UM is the place to be!
- Academic sessions after the summer break
- Exchanges this coming fall
- INKOM is also on campus and online!
- Refund for members of UM Sport
- UM signs higher education mobility declaration
- Buildings (continued) and catering
- We're open!
26 June 2020
- Relaxation of corona measures by the government
- Survey about your mode of transport
- Extra study places at the University Library
- DataHub DISQOVER
- Limited opening of buildings (continued)
- New stories and videos
19 June 2020
- UM launches investment programme to combat the effects of corona and address work pressure
- Limited opening of buildings
- Working safely on location
- Progress on ventilation in UM buildings
- National agreement on temporary reduction of tuition fees for non-EU students
- New stories and video
12 June 2020
- Potential solutions for PhD candidates and postdocs confronted with delays caused by COVID-19
- Limited opening of the buildings from 15 June
- UM is working on ventilation in buildings
- UM SPORTS starts with outdoor sports
- ITEM launches Cross-border Portal
- Martin’s blog #9: The search for a vaccine
- Smart start-up of UM research on Brightlands campuses
- Video series We’re open (and diverse): gender inequality increases with working from home
- #UMfromhome video: Marleen van der Donk on UM's Virtual Experience Days
- We're open-stories
2 June 2020
- What to do if you have corona-like symptoms? Get tested!
- Video conferencing for high-risk data processing
- Safely navigating the city. This is how we do it!
- We’re open!: Hearttalks for terminal patients and their families
29 May 2020
- International exchange in fall semester 2020
- Education from 15 June
- Video about initial experiences with the pilot in the SBE building
- Martin's blog #9: Back to work in pandemic times
- We’re open!: new stories online
- UM closed during long Whitsun weekend
20 May 2020
- Pilot for working in selected UM buildings
- Emergency fund helps more than 100 students
- Next week: elections
- Student Challenge Board seeks solutions for regional corona issues
- Special projects of UM and other universities
- Martin’s blog post #8
- We're open!: How the coronavirus infects our small intestines
- UM closed during long weekend for Ascension Day
15 mei 2020
- We welcome students 'on campus' if possible, online if necessary
Continuation of online PhD defences
Webinar ‘All about (My)Maastricht’
New stories We're open! online
8 May 2020
- More room for working in UM buildings
- Requirements for starting a master’s programme in September 2020
- RIVM guidelines for working at UM
- YERUN: International cooperation on the coronavirus
- Reminder: survey for those working from home
- Creative students develop coronavirus workbook
- UM alumni share their coronavirus routines, tips, tricks, initiatives and stories
- We’re open! Make working from home work for you
- Webinar David Bernstein
1 May 2020
- Extension of temporary commuting scheme
- Working from home remains the rule, but…
- Temporary one-time payment to compensate for working from home
- Limited opening of UM buildings
- Procurement guidelines in the event of (imminent) non-performance of contracts
- University Fund – SWOL helps dozens of students
- We're open!
- UM closed on 4 and 5 May
24 April 2020
- Martin's blog post #7: The hammer and the dance
- Grant for creative UM initiatives
- Career development and training: GoodHabitz
- Job board: sign up for workers or work
- #Weareopen videos and stories
- Survey on physical activity when working from home
- King's Day: UM closed
22 April 2020
- Coronavirus measures from the Dutch government
- Elections for student and employee participation councilsWebinar
- Webinar ‘Staying psychologically fit in corona times’
- Brightlands Smart Services Campus holds hackathon
- We’re open!: interview with two Southern European students
17 April 2020
- Colouring competition for new office D&I team
Martin's blog, post number 6
Free online workshops: Dutch language skills
‘We’re Open!’ – Interview Piet Eichholtz
15 April 2020
- Alternative for INKOM 2020
- University Emergency Fund - SWOL gets started
- Leniency committee
- (Psychological) guidance for employees
- Research into COVID-19: UM conducts nationwide GP research into untested COVID-19 deaths
- We’re open! Students to the rescue
9 April 2020
- Minister aims to limit study delays
- Shining a spotlight on UM’s COVID-19 research
- University closed for long weekend
- Time for an international newspaper...
8 April 2020
- Emergency fund is in the starting blocks
- First online PhD defence
- Martin’s blog #5
- CPD Knowledge Clips
- We’re open!: Palliative care in times of the coronavirus
7 April 2020
- Crossing the German border with your UM card
- UM Job Board can still use jobs
- Nominate yourself for a representation council
6 April 2020
- Using Zoom at UM is safe
- CMT? Who are they anyway? And what do they do?
- Tips for working from home
- Are you ill? Get better and take rest!
- We are open! Online workshops at EDLAB Maastricht
- New story in story series ‘We’re open!’
3 April 2020
- Eating healthy when working from home
- UM SPORTS also keeps you fit at home!
- UM joins forces with European consortium
- The Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care urgently needs help
2 April 2020
- We’re open! Elections continue
- Volunteering at MUMC+
- Positive responses to the crowdfunding campaign
1 April 2020
- Online PhD defences from 8 April
- Crowdfunding campaign for students in need
- Online Education website updated
31 March 2020
- Information for prospective students
- We are open! Take the virtual campus tour
- Video message from Rector Magnificus Rianne Letschert
- New online platform for expats in Maastricht
- AON’s student insurance valid for another 8 weeks in the home country
- We are open! - Interview with FASoS lecturer Patrick Bijsmans
30 March 2020
- Work remains in progress!
- Refresh pages for an up-to-date website
- Martin’s blog, post number 4
- Out of sight is not out of mind
27 March 2020
- Only together will we get the coronavirus under control
26 March 2020
- Questions about tuition fees
- Application procedure for prospective students
- Support for employees
- Support for students
- ‘We're open!’ story series
25 March 2020
- Research grants and funding
- NWO grant rounds
- Horizon 2020 grant rounds
- Ongoing research projects
- National private funding organisations (‘collectebusfondsen’)
- Martin’s blog, post number 3
- Executive Board webinar
- Keep your workstation cyber-safe @ home
24 March 2020
- Working from home? #Howthen?
- Repatriation back to the Netherlands
- Commuting vignette Belgium
- Availability of company doctors
23 March 2020
- Warning cybercriminals and online tools
- Webinar with the Executive Board
- Martin’s blog post 2
- New story in the 'We're open’ series
- Suppliers paid faster
- English news on RTV Maastricht
- Do you have any extra time? UM task board in the making
20 March 2020
- Living in Belgium, working at UM
- Living in Belgium or Germany and social security
- The Dutch news for English speakers
- Application deadline for new students extended
- Office equipment to home office
- Repatriation of UM students and exchange students
- Repatriation of employees and PhD fellows
- UM story series 'We're open’
19 March 2020
- Postponement of Binding Study Advice possible
- Anxiety about the coronavirus - how do you deal with it?
- Initial experiences with online education
- Maintain social distance!
- Civic initiatives by students
- ‘Martin’s blog’ launched
- Belgian cross-border workers
- Additional costs
- UM online
18 March 2020
- Internships and exchanges policy
- Distance learning in periods 5 and 6
- What does the Belgian lockdown mean for UM’s cross-border workers?
- Tips for working from home
- Compensation for commuting
17 March 2020
- FAQ online
- Social initiatives
16 March 2020
- Faculty contact details for further questions
- FAQ to be published soon
- Questions about working from home
- Research with test subjects
- Academic sessions postponed
- More (general) information
15 March 2020
- Schools and day-care centres closed
- For students: university library and um buildings are closed
- Distance education
13 March 2020
- Online learning environment
- Watch the live recordings of our webinar
- Buildings are remaining open
- New guidelines for calling in sick
- Extra precautions
12 March 2020
- Proportionate, pragmatic approach
11 March 2020
9 March 2020
- No new positive tests within the UM community
- When should you be cautious?
- Inform the helpdesk if you stay at home
7 March 2020
- Any symptoms, stay home!
- RIVM advice for Brabant
5 March 2020
- First confirmed case of infection
4 March 2020
- No confirmed case of infection
- Master’s Open Day to go ahead as planned
- Exams to go ahead
- Students on exchange
- Stricter travel advice for Italy
2 March 2020
- Any symptoms? Stay home!
- Specific advice for Gangelt, Germany
- If at home, stay in touch! Keep the call centre
1 March 2020
- Do you have these symptoms, stay home
- If at home, stay in touch!
- Contact your GP
- Are you currently in a contaminated area?
26 February 2020
- Contaminated areas
- Contact information
- Information for incoming and outgoing students
29 January 2020
- First information is published on UM-website
- List of symptoms
- First precautions